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Apr 14, 2019

On this special Choir Sunday on April 14, 2019, the Unity Temple Choir under the direction of Marty Swisher, Unity Temple Music Director, performs John Kramer's "The Immigrant Experience," a choral cantata in seven movements. Scored for full chorus, soprano, baritone and tenor soloists and chamber ensemble, the work describes the journey and struggles of immigrants coming to America to realize the promise of freedom. The work features texts by our U.S. founding fathers establishing our country as a place of welcome for immigrants. The musical offering is preceded by a reading from We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman.

John Kramer serves as Music Director at the Winchester Unitarian Society in Winchester, Massachusetts. The performance includes guest vocalists tenor John Concepcion, baritone Keanon Kyles and soprano Rosalind Lee. They are accompanied by Peter Engel-Storms on piano, Jean Hatmaker on violoncello, Meg Lanfear on violin and Daniel Williams on clarinet.

Those wishing to follow along with the text of "The Immigrant Experience" while listening can find it at http://www.unitytemple.org/sites/default/files/The%20Immigrant%20Experience%20Text.pdf. Additionally, the composer's program notes can be found at http://www.unitytemple.org/sites/default/files/Program%20Notes%20by%20the%20Composer.pdf.

The theme for April is what it means to be a people of wholeness. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Apr 7, 2019

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on April 7,2019. How could a worship service in 1987 where the minister distributed condoms be nearly forgotten? Rev. Taylor shares reflections of Rev. Mark DeWolfe, the first openly gay minister in Canada, whose brilliant career was cut short by AIDS and the prophetic witness of his colleague Carl Titchener whose prophetic witness should be celebrated.

The theme for April is what it means to be a people of wholeness. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Mar 31, 2019

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on March 31, 2019. When we discover that we've lost our way, a new journey potentially begins. Rev. Taylor reflects on how one's journey is often unclear, tentative, and in need of "pendulating" between engaging the world and seeking refuge in a safe place.

The theme for March is what it means to be a people of journey. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Mar 24, 2019

Sermon delivered by Rev. Scott Aaseng on March 24, 2019. In a world where everything seems like it's coming apart, we are called to make connections - between humans and the earth, between faith and action, between ourselves and others - and live out the interdependence we claim.

Introductory music sung by Isabella Carrasquillo, sophomore at Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. She was one of three winners of the Unity Temple Vocal Music Scholarship funded by the annual UT Spring Music festival.

The theme for March is what it means to be a people of journey. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Mar 17, 2019

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on March 17, 2019. The Spiral Journey - reflecting on how our spiritual journeys often take the form of a spiral where we re-learn certain things again and again, Rev. Taylor shares his learnings around white male oppression and how the goal in this work is not perfection but progress.

The theme for March is what it means to be a people of journey. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Mar 10, 2019

Reflections delivered in this Chalice Ceremony for 4th graders delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage. Following an address to the participants by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor, Rev. Gage offers further thoughts. She says, "When I was in fourth grade, I was lucky enough to be part of a Unitarian Universalist congregation, and there were people there who were devoted to helping me figure out who I was and how they could help me on my way. Just like here and now. I mean, that’s really what we’re all about here in this Unitarian Universalist community. We’re trying to help each other along our way."

The theme for March is what it means to be a people of journey. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Mar 3, 2019

Our Unitarian faith heritage draws significantly from both Transylvania and the United States. In this podcast from March 3, 2019, Intern Minister Zsolt Elekes shares from his Transylvanian heritage and Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor reflects on the early New England Unitarianism and the Transcendentalists. Significant similarities are found when reflecting on the questions "What saves us?" and "What sustains us?"

The theme for March is what it means to be a people of journey. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Feb 24, 2019

Sermon delivered by Intern Minister Zsolt Elekes on February 24, 2019. Our everyday lives are constructed around stories that we trust and share among each other. These stories, philosophies shape our worldview and give meaning to our activities. Zsolt, our Intern Minister from Transylvania, shares how some of the stories under the communist dictatorship were tragically harmful to an entire society. He also explains why we need to always check the stories we tell and listen to so we will be communities of inclusion rather than exclusion.

The theme for February is what it means to be a people of trust. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Feb 17, 2019

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on February 17, 2019. The media has long represented Albert Einstein as an absent-minded brilliant scientist, but he was a highly engaged, compassionate activist for human rights, for the ethical guidance of technological innovation and, unbeknownst to many because so rarely publicized, for racial equality. Rev. Taylor reflects on how his religious convictions informed his moral leadership.

The theme for February is what it means to be a people of trust. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

Feb 10, 2019

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on February 10, 2019. We tend to think of trust as a big word, and it is--it’s big in its meaning and impact. But trust in relationships is also about everyday moments.

The theme for February is what it means to be a people of trust. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections

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